In case you haven't heard, there's a bit of a ruckus regarding Apple's latest iPhone. Not so much from the overwhelming majority of the three million (3,000,000!) people who actually bought an iPhone 4 in the past three weeks, just various bloggers, journalists and commenters. Personally, I think Apple has responded appropriately. But then I am a long-time Apple fan and wannabe iPhone developer ;) Regardless of your standpoint regarding the so-called 'Antennagate', the fact that other phones can do the disappearing signal trick means people have a new game to play when they get together: whoever can make their phones drop the most bars in 30 seconds, wins. People could play "Phone Grip Roulette" to break deadlocks, instead of "rock, paper, scissors". Apple has put up a page showing various phones having the signal wrung out of them without much effort: <http://www.apple.com/antenna/> Featured phones include RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris, and Samsung Omnia II. And it's not just 3G and/or smartphones. I can make my eight year old Sony Ericsson drop from five bars to two. Here are some amusing videos of other phones dropping bars: * Nokia E71 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amPG52DVQuk> * Nokia 5800 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MPY4axjJEk> * Motorola Droid Incredible <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4zbQ3f7H0U> * RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 <http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/07/17/can-you-make-your-current- phone-lose-signal-depending-on-how-you-hold-it/> * Google Nexus One <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEIA_lMwqJA> * Palm Pre <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zft3-Lwh2bo> * HTC Hero <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nFR57x1dVA> I guess a lot more people are going to want free cases! Some other thoughts and observations: 1. Maybe it's a good thing that the signal can be blocked easily by human flesh, since phones get placed near our brains and there's no conclusive guarantee that they're 100% safe. 2. Maybe the problem extends beyond the small percentage that have returned their iPhones, and they consider it a feature to be able to disrupt a call at will without actually hanging up? 3. If this 'problem' has existed with many phones over the years, why have other manufacturers been left off the hook? 4. If it all turns out to be a massive beat-up, I'm sure those people profiting from the advertising and other revenue via their blogs and the press will donate their ill-gotten gains to charity. Somehow I doubt it.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Posted by Bruno at 8:20pm